Thursday, May 30, 2013

Madewell Fall 2013 Lookbook

This collection is all I want to wear for the rest of my life. Seriously, I only ask two things: that it perpetually be fall and that I can have everything in this fall collection to wear for the perfect weather.

The clothes are all plaid, stripes, leather, and denim, perfectly thrown together in the most casual and elegant way. There's a little bit of androgyny in the button downs and loose shapes, but the pairings with little ballet flats and feminine skirts create a nice balance. What I take away from this collection is a feeling of sheer comfort, confidence, and practicality. I mean just look at all the ankle boots! I'd wear every one of those with anything in my closet and certainly with anything else in this collection.

Bravo, Madewell! I can't wait to get my hands on these pieces.

Photos from: Lucky

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Nike ID x Liberty of London

Before I begin my rant, take a second to appreciate how glorious Nike and Liberty of London are as individual brands, now imagine them working together as one. DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW WONDERFUL THIS IS? I don't even like running but if I had a pair I'd run 8 miles with them every day of my life (minor exaggeration, I will say they would get way more use than my current sneakers). And don't even get me started on the hightops, they're the perfect combination of sporty and girly, I've already styled them with 5 different looks in my head. They work with everything from a summery sundress and denim jacket to cuffed jeans and a clean white t-shirt. I know I need these shoes to be added to my wardrobe. 

While I count how much money I've saved up for my sneaker fund, you can shop the collection here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Crazy About Books

As the title implies, I'm pretty into books. I'm ever thankful that at some vital point of my childhood I chose to ignore TV and computer games and sports (might've been better to stick with that one but I turned out alright), and pick up a book, lots of books to be precise. I devoured them, rising well above whatever reading level I was supposed to be at for each grade and sitting up late at night finishing my latest choice. I lived for the Book Sales in elementary school, which, honestly, I'm disappointed had to end once middle school hit. I would run down to the young adult section of the library and stumble back up the stairs with no less than five thick texts in my arms, which, of course, I would return two weeks later having read every one.

I'm proud to call myself a book nerd. I would happily accept books, from fiction, to non-fiction, to coffee table, on every occasion for which a person receives any sort of present (cough cough my birthday is coming up). While I've always had a passionate and undying love for the written word, I've found as I get older that it's much harder to find the time let alone the stamina to read five books in two weeks.

What with all the various kinds of work I now need to do (homework, working out, housework, general work), it's hard to squeeze in reading time. BUT summer is a glorious thing that exists in my mind solely to free me up for reading. As someone who sizzles in the sun the second I step outside as well as literally losing consciousness at the mere possibility of dehydration, I don't get out much once the temperature rises above 85 unless it's down to my pool where I sit waist deep on the stairs covered in SPF 100 so as to avoid dying. Rather than letting my near inability to survive the months of June, July, and August get me down, I take the opportunity to sit inside and READ. At long last I can dig into the pile of novels, short stories, essays, and how-to books sitting on my nightstand.

Since freeing up my time I've so far been able to read:

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, one of my favorite books from one of my new favorite authors. Her writing is beautifully imagistic, her characters are intricately developed, and the plot line is insanely fun to try and predict.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, a book I've been meaning to read ever since I learned there was a movie (I always have to read the book before I see the movie, it's just not fair otherwise). The mystery and beauty of this book is thrilling, leaving the reader to question and infer from the first page on.

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Carvill, something I chose at the library solely for it's intriguing cover. The story follows the intertwined paths of two boys struggling through a world of magic, monsters, and darkness. Ever a fan of fantasy  I loved how Carvill blended recognizable normalcy into this magical world.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cannes Film Festival

One of my best friends is currently volunteering at the Cannes Film Festival, so while she stands mere feet away from my favorite celebrities wearing my favorite designers, I'm attempting to bury my jealousy in red carpet photos.

First of all, doesn't this shot of Leo, Carey, and Baz Luhrmann just melt your little heart?

And how about that Christian Dior gown?

Nicole Kidman, also killing it in Christian Dior. That whimsical dress with those hot pink Barbie heels is driving me crazy in the absolute best way.

Last but not least, Emma Watson, one of my very favorite people because not only is she beautiful, stylish, and talented, but she's ridiculously sweet and down to earth to boot. Check out this article here. She looked amazing in both Christopher Kane at the photocall and Chanel at the Bling Ring premier. Bonus points for the ear cuff paired with Chanel.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bottega Veneta Resort '14

Bottega Veneta's Resort '14 collection is beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear but what I find most interesting is the attention to detail and artisan crafting. There's a certain painterly quality in the wide, gestural dyeing of the fabrics and combined with the carefully laid lace the look develops a subtle complexity. Ignoring the kitten heels in the last two photos (dear god, who thought kitten heels were a good choice?!), the shoes are fantastic. The brogues and loafers add to the inexplicable elegance slash comfort of the outfits and just pull the entire look together so well. Plus check out that giant link collar necklace in the first shot!

Photos from:

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Best of the Best

Follow these blogs if you know what's good for you:

Street style photographer, Scott Schuman, has an eye for the unique, the interesting, and the well styled.  His work is inspiring and exciting to scroll through and I highly suggest checking it out if you're in the market for a classic street style blog.

You may recognize Ashley Madekwe from Revenge, but I've been following her blog since well before she became a part of Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke's complicated and honestly, at this point, confusing story. Not only is her style beyond awesome, but she's adorable, British, and far sweeter than her character of the same name.

I've developed a slight obsession with interior design in the last two years and when I need to indulge on some beautiful, creative home decor pics this is my go-to (also buy the book, it's fabulous). Design*Sponge has a whole slew of articles, from Before + After stories to DIY tutorials, all centered around the home. The best part? Sneak peeks into interesting people's well styled homes.

The name says it all, Cupcakes and Cashmere is sweet, pretty, and welcoming. Emily Schuman (no relation to The Sartorialist... but how awesome would THAT be?) is a cute California girl who writes posts about DIY's, recipes, outfits of the day, home decor, and everything else you could ever blog about. If you're looking for a dose of girly, happy, fun, look no further.

Quite possibly my favorite blog of all time, Leandra Medine inspires readers to defy trends, try new things, and truly be themselves when it comes to fashion. To top it off, she's one of the most hilarious writers of a blog I've ever encountered and it's genuinely entertaining to read her opinions about fashion and the world as a whole. Despite the fact that she got married (which I'm still completely in denial about) The Man Repeller definitely has the right attitude about fashion and I totally support her style, writing, and awesomeness.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Ahh the Met Gala, quite possibly the best Red Carpet event of the year. Though not everyone seemed to understand how to interpret the punk theme for the formal occasion, many figured it out and everyone else still looked fabulous.

The Good:

Lauren Santo Domingo in Dolce & Gabbana: LSD got it RIGHT. Mixing a silky, demure gown with a mesh bodysuit and a spiked dog collar doesn't entirely sound like the best combination, but hell, it works. 

Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte: The feathers, the minor mesh, the plunging neckline, the emerald ombre; every piece of this gown is to die for and so wonderfully accurate for the punk theme.

Hailee Steinfeld in Donna Karan Atelier: Admittedly this doesn't look very punk, in fact it looks quite sweet what with the white and the maturity. However, there's nothing Steinfeld wears better than a midi dress and the smoky eye in combination with the beading detail on the gown pull this whole look together so well that you forget about all the punks in the surrounding area.

Aubrey Plaza in Marios Schwab: Aubrey Plaza, my sarcastic sweetheart, you pull this off perfectly. I can't even tell what this is made of but I love it and I have to have it.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon with (obviously) a Phillip Treacy headpiece: I mean were we expecting anything less?

Allison Williams in Altuzarra: Marni? Is that really you? Because damn girl you make a great punk. Lace? Cut-outs? Octopus looking hem? This dress has it all.

Julianne Hough in Topshop: Let the word "Topshop" just sink in for a second... Yeah that's it.

Emmy Rossum in Donna Karan Atelier: Okay, I think it's clear by now that I really liked all the white last night... But isn't making a white dress punk more impressive than resorting to the classic black leather look? I certainly think so, and evidently so does Emmy Rossum's perfectly punk hair. Without that up-do we'd be looking at a wedding dress here.

Alexa Chung in Erdem: One of my favorite black looks from last night. It has a punk feel to it what with the amount of skin we can see, but the way the skin is displayed, under a sheer layer of fabric with delicate cut-outs above, adds intrigue.

Rooney Mara in Givenchy: Is there anything Rooney Mara does better than edging up white dresses? She's a fantastic actress but seriously if she just wore white dresses for a living I think she'd still do pretty well.

The Bad:

Kim Kardashian in Ricardo Tisci: I feel like Kim kind of doesn't understand maternity wear in normal life, but clearly she doesn't really get it here either. It's one thing to show off the baby bump, I mean maternity clothes aren't tent dresses anymore, but a skin tight floral turtleneck with a giant slit up the leg just doesn't seem like the right choice.

Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors: Okay it's not the worst... and JLo does look amazing, but what is this? Maybe it's the fact that I can't really tell what animal print this looks like; is it leopard? a little cheetah? but maybe it's closer to giraffe? I just don't know and I just don't like it.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Tory Burch: This is another, "it's just not working". To begin with I feel like Tory Burch is probably not the go-to for a punk themed Met Gala, but even then Ginnifer Goodwin usually does so much better than this.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino Couture: It has so much potential... and yet... it's not going to work. I love the uniquely placed cut-out at the top, but besides that there's not much else. Afte a long analysis, I've decided to blame the fabric in this bubblegum pink as the source of the problem. Were it pretty much any color this would be just as fabulous as everything else GOOP has ever worn.

Julianne Moore in Balenciaga: Let me begin by saying the color choice was flawless here. And let me end by saying everything else was very wrong. The hair, the shape of the dress, the accessories, all so painfully wrong.

Photos from: Huffington Post

Monday, May 6, 2013

Breakfast of Champions

This morning I decided to try one of the most frequently pinned recipes on Pinterest, you've seen it, we've all seen it, the egg in the avocado. Unlike other recipes often pinned and later discovered to be completely impossible (warning: never try to make that cookie, brownie, oreo thing because YOU CANNOT DO IT), this meal was incredibly easy to make! I improvised on this recipe, which of course was found on Pinterest, and used scrambled egg whites, salsa, and cheddar cheese to fill the avocado. I'm big on experimenting with my cooking, so after messing around with the ingredients, I came up with this process:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut your avocado in half, removing the pit. Place the halves in a pan with edges (in case any egg falls out in the process).

3. Whisk two egg whites and pour half the mix into each avocado piece.

4. Shred some cheddar cheese on top (your choice how much, I have a minor cheese addiction so I went for a lot...)

5. Bake the avocados for approximately 20 min depending on how well done you want your eggs.

6. Pour some salsa on top and enjoy!